Dyeforindigo

Johan Åberg is an artist/artisan who founded Dyeforindigo in 2016, a Gothenburg based indigo studio offering natural indigodyeing, shibori and sashiko workshops and lectures. Johan cherish materials meant to last and works in a way that not only benefits people and the planet, but also unifies sustainability with ethics, and ultimately invites people to be creative, and invest in well-made and lasting products through good decisions. We cherish Johan for his knowledge, passion and will to share it.

Fine Little Day invited Johan to design something from a leftover linen textile from an earlier production.

The textile, a jacquard-woven linen fabric, was dyed blue and became a patched cushion cover and a kimono, inspired by a 150-year-old model that Johan bought during one of his trips to Japan. Our hope is that this garment will be worn with the same long-term thinking as Johan’s Japanese references. Treat it carefully and let the repairs become part of the garment’s expression, like the annual rings on a tree. The Dyeforindigo collection also includes indigo-colored muslin blankets and mobiles made of wooden sticks Johan picked in Gothenburg’s harbor, two posters and a linen wall hanging. It’s a collection that celebrates passionate craftsmanship, sustainability and the color blue! All in a limited edition.

Dyeforindigo

How do you work, and how would you describe yourself in your professional role?
After more than twenty years in the fashion / textile industry with insight into the poor prevailing environment and working situations in the industry, I left it to focus on textile crafts, local production, plant dyeing and work shops. Today, I work exclusively with traditional and sustainable methods such as natural indigo dyeing and the Japanese repair technique Sashiko. A large part of my work consists of arranging workshops in these techniques and raise questions regarding sustainability and recycling. I have always been fond of worn and unique things, something that has led to a collection of workwear, denim and antique textiles, mostly blue of course : )
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